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Cody Bailey three-peats Prince George’s Junior Simon Fraser Open

PGSS graduate wins by six-stroke margin on his home course at PGGCC
Cody Bailey - 2019 Jr. Simon Fraser Open champion
Prince George's Cody Bailey wins the 2019 Junior Simon Fraser Open (via Facebook/Andie Masse)

While Brooks Kopeka was close to winning a third straight U.S. Open title this Father’s Day weekend, one Prince George golfer completed a three-peat of his own.

Cody Bailey won his third consecutive Junior Simon Fraser Open (2017, 2018, 2019) by completing a two-day total score of 135 (69, 66) and beating out 19 other competitors on his home course of Prince George Golf and Curling Club (PGGCC).

The 18-year-old had a final scorecard of seven-under par (-7), six strokes ahead of runner-up Ben Dyck (141), and is likely to tee-up at the Men’s Simon Fraser Open championship later this summer.

Bailey, a new graduate of PGSS, also competes on the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) and won a late April tournament in Chilliwack.

Dyck, also a PGGCC member, came back on day two with a round of 68 after starting the contest with a 73 to settle for the silver.

Tyler Giesbrecht, Bailey’s cousin from Terrace, left Prince George with a third-place finish, stemming from a two-day total of 148 (73, 75).

Natasha Kozlowski, who is currently in a tie for second among Canada’s top-ranked junior female golfers, was only two shots back of Giesbrecht, finishing fourth with a 150 (76, 74).

The 17-year-old was the only girl in the field on the weekend.

The low net score, in terms of handicap, was Christopher Magrath with a 152 (75, 77).

The winners each got a trophy and some PGGCC swag, along with playing on a pair of beautiful sunny days in B.C.’s northern capital.

Up next on the PGGCC’s calendar is the Bryant Family Senior Men’s Open July 6 and 7, a club championship with over $10,000 in prizes up for grabs.

On July 13, the course will host the Prince George Cougars Alumni Charity Golf Tournament in support of the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.

The Ladies and Men’s Simon Fraser Opens will take place on back-to-back weekends; Aug. 10 and 11, and Aug. 17 and 18 respectively.


Kyle  Balzer

About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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